We have been posting tons of videos of the cool toys we saw at Toy Fair. Videos are great for capturing things that fly, smash, crash, shoot and explode. The thing is, Toy Fair is filled with plenty of cool games, puzzles and toys that don’t fly around…but still are insanely fun. So, today we shine the spotlight of fun on battery free toys and games that are coming in 2014.
Toss the batteries, survive a blackout and have some fun…
The Magic School Bus Math Explosion
How in the world do you make math fun? By adding explosions of course! You compete to get the most math facts right…for one simple reason…so you can add your baking soda to the vinegar volcano and make it explode. Okay, maybe there are other reasons why you might want to actually learn your math facts, but still, who doesn’t love a baking soda and vinegar reaction?
Ages 5 and up, $29.99, Read More At The Young Scientist Club
Hanayama Cast Puzzles
If you or your kids enjoy puzzles, you will love the line of Hanayama Cast Puzzles from University Games. If you happen to get frustrated by puzzles, the Hanayama Cast Puzzles may be the greatest form of torture ever invented. Oh man, these things look so easy to do – simply take a structure apart and then put it back together again. However, when you look up and realize that 3 hours has flown by and you are still “so close” to getting it, you start to appreciate the complexity of these puzzles. Luckily there are different levels available, so you can start easy and work your way up. This is great for kids (12+) and adults.
Ages 12+, $10-$13. Learn More At University Games
Leave it to the geniuses at ThinkFun to come up with a game that teaches young kids about programming, without using batteries or electricity! Robot Turtles was a runaway smash on Kickstarter and for good reason. It takes just seconds to learn, but manages to teach young kids the basics of logic and programming. Us Moms and Dads get to play the role of computer as our kids program us to do things…wait, this doesn’t sound like a game, this is everyday in my house.
Ages 4 and Up, 2-5 Players, $24.99. Learn more At ThinkFun
Another fun battery-free game from ThinkFun? Of course! Gravity Maze is actually what it sounds like – a marble maze logic game that will challenge kids reasoning skills and visual perception. 60 challenges, ranging in difficulty, will keep your child happily building marble mazes. As this is a one player game, it looks like a great way to keep your child entertained for a few hours, while you go through that pile of mail that is towering in the corner.
Ages 8 to Adult, 1 Player, $29.99. Visit ThinkFun to Learn More.
Smart Egg Labyrinth Puzzles
It’s an egg. It’s a labyrinth. It’s a puzzle. Yes, it is the Smart Egg Labyrinth Puzzle! This new 3D brain teaser challenges kids (and adults) to see how quickly they can complete a 3D maze, etched into an egg. Looks so simple…but looks can be deceiving.
Ages 8+, $10-$12, Learn More At University Games
Something that races and does stunts and jumps…without batteries? Yep, welcome to the strangely addictive world of Zip Stix from Hog Wild. The Zip Stix is a band that you snap into a wheel shape and then watch it zip off over ramps and smashing down cones. I know, sounds weird – but it works. We got to play with Zip Stix at Toy Fair and it is just good, snapping fun. Stay tuned – a video of Zip Stix in action is coming!
Ages 4+, $3.99 – $19.99. Learn More At Hog Wild
I’m man enough to admit it – I don’t get the whole moustache thing. Still, I’m not blind. Kids are into things with moustaches, not sure why – but they definitely dig the stuff. For this reason, Moustache Smash is going to be a…yes, can’t resist it… Smash, when it comes out in Fall 2014.
Match Your „Stache…Then SMASH! Can you find the match to your moustache? If the card on the table matches your „stache, SMASH it fast! Smash the most moustache cards, and you win! It’s funny, it’s fast, it has moustaches…need we say more?
Ages 7+, 2-4 Players, $15.99. Learn More At Spin Master.
X6 Zoom Rocket
We already covered the X6 Zoom Rocket from Zing Toys in our video post, but it looks so fun we are including it here as well. Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t like stomping his foot down and watching a rocket shoot 100 feet into the air? Well, take that fun level and multiply by 6! The X6 Zoom Rocket launches 6 rockets into orbit, with just the power of your foot.
Ages 8+, $24.99. Learn More At Zing Toys
There are many reasons why we want the snow to melt and warm weather to head our way, testing out the new Aero Zipp from OgoSport is now our latest reason. Whip a ball over 200 feet? Put a wicked curve on the ball and observe the Magnus Effect in action? Switch to a special Zipp Ball and listen to the thing whistle as it fly? Yes, yes and YES! Looks like a great spring toy, watch for our video review coming soon.
Ages 6+, Price TBD. Visit OgoSport To Learn More.
Much More To Come…
One man can only see so much at Toy Fair. For this reason, we had Noelle out on the show floor playing games and doing her best to think like an 8 year old…which came surprisingly easy for her Stay tuned, she will be posting on some of her top games and toys from Toy Fair shortly!